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[Run the Jewels 2] Don't cry.

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Bisco Smith Tour Dates

SXSW was fresh, now its on to the next!
Two more shows NYC / CT before we jump ship to Europe.
Come get busy with us and help us say goodbye for a few.

Thursday April 8th @ The Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
doors at 10 show at 11 | $10 | 18+
Coffee Grind Media Presents a great night in live music.
I will have the full Radio Radio crew in the house.
Drums, Dj, Samples, Visuals and some special guests on set.

Friday April 16th @ Cafe 9 in New Haven CT
Doors at 9pm | $5 | 21+
One last peace before we go. CT, it's been a while and we are not
rocking out there until late June again. Come kick it!

Europe Dates are building, We need more!
Radio, Shows, Walls, Mics, Clubs and good people.
Let us know if we are passing through your city!

more info to come!

4/24 (saturday) - Udine, Italy
4/30 - 5/1 - Czech Republic -TBA
5/5 (wednesday) Paris, France
5/7 (friday) Nantes, France
5/12 (wednesday) - Bochum, Germany
5/13 - 5/19 - Holland - TBA

Things are developing fast, get at us if your out there!

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When Electric Night Falls
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The Basics (ep)
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Updates From Braille & The Hip-Hop Is Music Team

From Braille:

Hello ya'll!!!

This is Braille with a quick update!!!  I will just hit you with the bullet points.

1. My new album (6th official solo album) "Weapon Aid" is dropping April 27th.  This is a collection of healing songs that I made over the last year.  So far I've gotten some great feedback - some people think it's my best record, some people feel it's a bit dark/heavy.  I'm comfortable with the varied results and am glad the record isn't neutral.  You will be able to find it at Itunes and many stores online April 27th.  Your support is very meaningful to me!!!  PRESS (of all kinds) hit me up for an advance.  Or folks who are just curious to hear it or unable to support - hit me up.  I'm not afraid to share!!!

2. The album is coming out on my new label Talking Textures - and I have some great strategic partnerships in the works.  For more info about the label check out - there is a video blog there that kind of explains the vision and the reasoning behind the new label.

3. When you visit the Talking Textures youtube page also check out "Naked Freestyle".  You deserve a laugh.... or maybe your sense of humor is different then mine.  haha

4. You can follow TalkingTextures at and also FAN us at Facebook.  After Weapon Aid drops in April - we will be following up with

Othello and DJ Vajra "Required Taste" in June
Poems and Dust "Dirty Words" in August.

5. I have a lot of solo shows booked between now and October.  It all starts April 22nd in Albany, NY - and I will also be performing in Glendale, NY and The Bronx.  Let's GO!!!!

Love ya'll!!!  I'm getting much better at responding to emails so if you've had a hard time getting ahold of me, don't be discouraged.  I'm getting back in the swing of it.

much love
Thank you, from Braille and the Hiphop Is Music team. |

MySpace's "Artist On Artist" With Snoop Dogg & Cypress Hill

Snoop Dogg, B-Real and Sen Dog Artist on Artist Interview

Artist on Artist | MySpace Video



MySpace debuts a brand new episode of "Artist on Artist" featuring Snoop Dogg and B-Real and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill. The legendary artists discuss their new material including Cypress Hill's long-awaited album Rise Up, their first album in six years, to be released on April 20 via Priority Records. Hear how Snoop Dogg relies on his kids to find out if his new songs are "hot" and what his kids listen to when they're not listening to their Dad.

Check out MySpace's "Artist on Artist" in its entirety here:

Video: Donwill - MYX TV DIG Feature

The Video:

Hip-hop trio Tanya Morgan has gained much critical acclaim for the old-school vibe and infectious hooks of their many independently produced releases. They are renowned for being involved in overwhelmingly theme-oriented projects, most notably their recent release of Brooklynati, in which they created an entire fictional city. Stepping solo into the spotlight, fresh off the release of his tributary concept album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity, Tanya Morgan emcee Donwill continues in this thematic tradition.

Sitting down with a camera crew from MYX TV's show DIG, Donwill discusses what the album means to him, and the inspiration that he derived from the film High Fidelity, based off of Nick Hornby's novel. "The movie itself always inspired me, aside from the angle of love, but just the angle of music being such a formidable character in my life. I look at that movie as a framework to adapt my story to," he tells the interviewer, explaining the impact that this comedy/drama/romance flick starring John Cusack has had not only on his music, but on his life. The feature intersperses clips from the album's corresponding music videos and clips of Donwill speaking directly to the camera, giving audiences an accurate impression of what they can expect from the album. This release, featuring Opio (Souls of Mischief),Tanya Morgan, Peter Hadar, and many more is available now via Interdependent Media.

MYX TV Feature:

Having teamed up with leading sound software and audio production company, Native Instruments, Audible Treats is excited to be able to award one lucky winner with a free MASCHINE Groove Production Studio. To enter, contestants must simply email their name and address to One winner will be selected at random and announced Wednesday, April 14th, 2010. More info on the MASCHINE here:

The Background:

Donwill is one-third of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who recently released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill is now ready to release his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. Don Cusack in High Fidelity is now available everywhere via Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit

MYX TV Feature

"Love Junkie" (Wallpaper. Remix)

"Pu**y Rules The World"

"Love Junkie" (Video snippet) Interview

Laura's Mixtape

"i See You" (Unmastered version)

"Laura's Song"

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




Label site:

Video: Chima Anya - "Death"

Chima Anya - Death
Since MJ's untimely passing it appears death's presence has been growing steadily.
Barely a week goes by without a new twitter update proclaiming a premature death.
Whether we are just aging, or social networking has brought us closer together,
Chima Anya reflects upon death from a doctors perspective.

The new single from his upcoming album "New Day" is accompanied by a video that shows a level of creativity in UK hiphop not seen since "Witness the Fitness" (Roots Manuva) and pioneers a brand of class yet to be seen in the "Urban" market.

New Day out May 10th. Album launch party Friday 9th April at Barfly London. Camden Town.

K-Murdock - Raw Poetic's New Blog!

From K-Murdock:

Well, it took some time but i finally convinced my partner-in-rhyme, Raw Poetic, to create a blogspot!  Raw P's blog, "A kid with Kaleidoscope Eyes", will be THE place for fans of his' lyrics to go and FINALLY read them!  He's taking request now, so leave a song request in his chat box and he'll post its' respective lyrics up along with an insightful backstory about why he wrote what we did.  Raw P was so excited about the thought of our fans checking his lyrics out, that he & i even discussed the idea of publishing a book filled with Panacea song lyrics & artwork, stay tuned...


Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC Blog
Audio: NatStar - "I Know"


NatStar Debuts official 1st Single "I KNOW"

NV Ent. along with NatStar, Jatis Records, Fontana & UMG have released Nat's DEBUT single off his album "CHANGE" , titled "I KNOW" We need FULL DJ, Jock, Media, Viral and ALL support for this record. He will be releasing a video for it by May of this year. The links for the single are below. 

"I KNOW (Orig/Radio)":

"I KNOW (Intro/Outro)":

"I KNOW (Inst)":

"I KNOW (Acap)":
The (W)rap Up - Week Of March 30, 2010

Meth * Ghost * Rae :: Wu-Massacre
Def Jam Records

Author: Guido Stern

Click here to find out more!

"I doubt I'm the only person who feels like this project was announced just last week (last September, in reality), nor the only one who's surprised the album is even coming out. Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" took roughly five years and forty-two fake track lists to finally hit shelves last year, and the Clan have never been prolific with their crew releases (six years in between "Iron Flag" and "8 Diagrams"). So when songs started to leak and ridiculously dope artwork was revealed, it seemed almost too good to be true. And unfortunately the haste to produce and release the album shows when listening; the thing is clearly rushed and even feels a tad opportunistic after the surprise critical resurgence of the Wu after the Raekwon-directed "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II." "New Wu," the trio's sole collaboration on that record, has more vigor than anything on "Wu-Massacre." "

Blood Type :: MIAliens :: Blood Type Music
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"Back in the summer of 1996, Atlanta's SouthernPlayaistic duo released their second album, "ATLiens." It was powered by the lead single, "Elevators (Me and You)" and scored a relatively large hit for Andre (sans the 3000 at the time) and Big Boi. Fast forward to the year 2009 and another southern duo, Chief and Stepson, collectively known as Blood Type are here to represent for the city of Miami with their debut mixtape titled "MIAliens". As one might expect, Blood Type trade rhymes over some memorable tracks from Outkast albums, including the aforementioned "ATLiens" and "Aquemini". Less expected but greatly appreciated is the inclusion of familiar beats from the likes of Dr. Dre, Eminem, A Tribe Called Quest and The RZA. There's also a healthy amount of original beats on the mixtape as well, handled mostly by group member, Stepson. "

Brotha Lynch Hung :: Dinner and a Movie :: Strange Music
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"Much can be said about Brotha Lynch Hung's latest album. Despite the fact Strange Music is technically an independent record label, "Dinner and a Movie" is easily Hung's highest profile album since his album debut "Season of da Siccness" over fifteen years ago. It is impressive BLH is still rapping, even more impressive he's releasing one of the most anticipated albums so far this year. That said, BLH's longevity isn't the most important element of his latest album or his career. Instead, BLH serves as an example of both the fickleness and loyalty of rap fans. That contrast is captured best by the industry mirrored in his latest album. "Dinner and a Movie" is presented as an audio movie. It is a collection of songs and skits put together to tell a story. It is meant to entertain and deliver a message at the same time. The problem is that it's a horror movie, and therefore despite all its successes, it will be judged first by its label, and then by its content. Movie fans in general tend to be fickle like that. Some might even call it snobbish, after all a good movie should be entertaining regardless of the content."

C Kane :: Farewell to the Flesh :: Long Range Distribution
as reviewed by Susan 'susiQ' Kim

"Long Range Distribution has been known for their horrorcore artists who turn rap music into shocking imagery with their main focus on horror-influenced motifs such as murder and death. Detroit rapper C Kane continued this trend of violent lyricism and style with his fellow members of the group 2 Sins up until his death. In a posthumous effort, C Kane's horrorcore antics are remembered in "Farewell to the Flesh." Horrorcore is a small sub-genre of hip hop that has a small, but loyal following and has even reached the more mainstream with Geto Boys and Gravediggaz which has only popularized the music even further. Recently, the sub-genre has even made the news because of a California horrorcore artist that in fact committed murders with possible influence from his music. With this in mind, for many, it's difficult to take in the descriptive, grotesque nature of some of the lyrics and at times many are left in awe. C Kane's lyrics are no different. "

Dirt Nasty :: The White Album :: Dirt Nasty Music/Shoot to Kill Music
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"What's funnier, someone known to play vaguely funny roles in vaguely funny TV shows and movies doing 're-interpretations of some of your favorite white-rappers biggest hits,' or Joaquin Phoenix announcing to give up acting for rapping and some people actually believing him? The free mixtape "The White Album" will tell. Dirt Nasty released a self-titled digital album in '07, and while he hasn't exactly taken the music world by storm, Simon Rex, the man behind Dirt Nasty, is enough part of the in-crowd for the character to appear on 'Paris Hilton's My New BFF,' where he acted as a decoy to see how far the candidates would go to please their idol. Rap, white and funny somehow seem to go together. Mel Brooks figured it out first in the early '80s with "It's Good to Be the King" and "To Be or Not to Be (The Hitler Rap)," which spoofed Louis XVI and Adolf Hitler, respectively. Tom Green could serve as an example of a rap contemporary who tried his hands at both hip-hop and comedy."
G-Side :: Starshipz & Rocketz :: Slow Motion Sounds
as reviewed by Guido Stern

"Like Paper Route Gangstaz, G-Side work extensively with super producers Block Beataz (the dudes behind Jackie Chain's "Rollin'"), and are effectively rapping in service of their huge, lysergic beats. ST and Clova are working entirely within the conventions of grass root Alabama and Georgia hip hop, putting together rhymes about being on the grind and the usual fascination with expensive cars. Clova delivers his verses from his viscera, eschewing semantic elegance but conveying a tangible sincerity. ST is the wordsmith of the twosome, particularly in his ability to switch flows and take some of the listener's attention away from the surround sound production. On "We Own Da Building," he raps, "And they say there's no honor amongst thieves // but honesty has never been a problem amongst G's // I follow the five P's: proper preparation prevents poor performance, and avoid informants." The volatility of his flow is enough to complement the track's runaway keyboard without trying to contend with it. "

Inspectah Deck :: Manifesto :: Traffic Entertainment
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"If any member of the Wu-Tang Clan can be considered "underrated," it would Inspectah Deck. Though the man has a history of stealing the show on Wu-Tang albums, his solo career has never reached the heights of other Wu members. Part of the problem came from the fact Inspectah Deck's first solo album came after the first series of critically acclaimed Wu-solos. While "Uncontrollable Substance" was a dope solo album, it came at a time when the Wu's popularity was declining somewhat and failed to reach the legendary status of albums like "Tical," "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx," "Liquid Swords," and "Ironman." The album sold gold, but that has been the height of Inspectah Deck's career as a soloist. Thankfully, the lack of commercial success has not affected Inspectah Deck's solo career or quality of music. "Manifesto" is Deck's fourth solo album and finds him as sharp as he's ever been. "

Kaigen21Meiso :: Root Is the New Leaf ::
Takaba Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Kaigen21Meiso is a collaboration between Tokyo rapper Kaigen and Honolulu-based rapper Meiso. Both MCs have been active in the experimental hip hop scene, and "Root Is the New Leaf" is twelve tracks of glitchy, boundary-pushing hip hop in the vein of anticon. Former anticon affiliate Sole contributes production, as does K-The-!???,  Omid, Curse Ov Dialect, Michita, and Kaigen. Before you glance at the score, see a "5" and decide that this record isn't worth your time, let me explain something: they rap in Japanese, so I can't understand a word they're saying. It's totally possible that Kaigen and Meiso are dropping some serious knowledge, and I'm just too ignorant to understand. I'm all for hip hop in a foreign language I do understand, but with an art form that depends so much on the use of words, understanding the language is a prerequisite for enjoying the music."

Madlib :: Madlib's Medicine Show #3: Beat Konducta in Africa :: Stones Throw Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"If you don't know who Madlib is, here's a brief bio: born Otis Jackson, Jr., his dad is a musician and his brother is producer/rapper Oh No. He first made his name as part of the Lootpack crew in the early 90s before going solo later that decade. He's collaborated with J Dilla (2003's Jaylib album), MF DOOM (2004's Madvillain album), and produced tracks for Percy P, Guilty Simpson, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli. He has more aliases than a gun runner, rapping as Quasimoto, doing jazz as Yesterday's New Quintet, and doing collaborations with Brazilian artist Ivan Conti as Jackson Conti. He puts out several albums a year, and in 2010 is putting out one a month as part of his "Medicine Show" series. March's entry is his fourth Beat Konducta collection, comprised of beats made from African music. "

Skandal & Beat Butcha :: A Quick Snack EP :: 7Thirty Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Skandal's bio contains the usual amount of hyperbole for a new artist, including time-worn phrases like "top 5 artists to watch for in (insert year here)." Two things distinguish Skandal from falling into SOSS (Same Old Shit Syndrome) though - he's got Beat Butcha on the boards (one of Canibus' favorite producers) and he hails from the United Kingdom. He's made a little bit of a name already on the hip-hop scene with his underground banger "Kill 'Em Wit the Flow". The new digital-only "A Quick Snack EP" includes both the original and a remix with fellow scene veterans Klashnekoff and P Money. I appreciate the new spitters on the beat but the song that really wins me over on this short release is the bass-heavy "Home Economics""

Upcoming Checkmate Music Group Projects

From Candace Smart:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        

April 5, 2010                                                  



LOS ANGELES, CA – Music producer/engineer Riley Urick and singer-songwriter, Trevion “Tempo” Stokes have combined their talent to form Checkmate Music Group, a music production company poised to take the music industry by storm with the release of new projects from Romeo and The College Boyys, Lil’ Mama and Brandy.


Urick and Tempo formed Checkmate Music Group to provide Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Rock artists, as well as media companies, with a one-stop shop for innovative music production, writing, mixing, and mastering. Since founding the company, the duo has worked with an impressive roster of clients that also includes Soulja Boy, Teyana Taylor, Tierra Marie, Casha Monet, Kurtis Blow Jr. and Araci.


Urick has built a stellar reputation for himself in the music industry as a recording, mixing and mastering Engineer alongside Grammy award-winning engineer, Eddy Schreyer at Oasis Mastering. He has worked on projects for Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Akon and many more. The 28-year-old’s production skills secured him four song placements on a platinum-selling album overseas, and earned him a number one song on the CMJ Charts and Sirius XM Radio. Romeo recently called Urick “the best producer alive,” while working on his upcoming album. Urick’s music has also been featured on Everybody Hates Chris, King of Queens, Girlfriends and One on One.    

21-year-old Tempo has been surrounded by music all of his life so it comes as no surprise that he developed into a skilled songwriter and vocal producer. Growing up, nothing interested him more than music, so he focused all of his energy on doing what he loved. He joined the First AME church youth choir, regularly competed in talent shows and perfected his writing skills. Tempo’s hard work paid off. With Royalty Statement Publishing, he has written for a growing number of artists including Romeo (Next Generation), Lil Mama (Jive), Tierra Marie (For Reel/Warner Bros.), The College Boyys (Next Generation), Chantelle Paige (Kon Live), Casha Monet, K. Smith and Araci.

The partnering of Urick and Tempo to form Checkmate Music Group has created a writing and production powerhouse. Checkmate is poised to change the music game with placements on a number of high-profile albums slated for release in 2010. 


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Audio: Kenn Starr - "The Notti Joint"

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

The Song:

Gearing up for the summer release of his newest mixtape, Kragenoff, Washington, D.C. emcee Kenn Starr is proud to leak the first single, "The Notti Joint." No stranger to the hip-hop scene, Starr, who in addition to his solo work, is 1/5 of D.C.'s Low Budget Crew alongside Oddisee, Kev Brown, Critically Acclaimed, and Cy Young, has been making waves in the hip-hop scene for quite some time.

With this single, Starr is excited to be newly collaborating with the likes of Dave Notti who handled production on the track: "‘The Notti Joint‘ is my first time working with Portland-based emcee/producer Dave Notti. We linked recently and I found his production to be the perfect backdrop to the brand of hip-hop I strive to create and maintain," says Starr. The track features soul sample splicing reminiscent of the late great Dilla, gritty low-fi drums, and a characteristically consistent smooth flow. "The Notti Joint" clocks in at just under 2 minutes but represents the mixtape as a whole quite well according to Kenn, saying, "I felt like this was the perfect straight-to-the-point introduction to what people can expect from my upcoming mixtape." Elsewhere, the Kragenoff mixtape features production from underground heavy-hitters Oddisee, Apollo Brown, M-Phazes, 14KT, Kev Brown, and more.

Furthermore, in addition to the song appearing on Starr's Kragenoff mixtape, you can also find it on Mick Boogie's latest mixtape celebrating his forthcoming Asia tour for Nike. It's based on their "Changemakers" campaign, and features a host of rising emcees bringing originality and quality to hip-hop.

Kenn Starr's forthcoming full-length album, Two Track Mind, will be available via Mello Music Group this fall.

"The Notti Joint" Prod. By Dave Notti:

The Background:

Hailing from Suffolk, Virginia, and currently part of the Washington D.C. hip-hop scene, Kenn Starr first released his debut album, Starr Status in 2006. Having already been a part of Low Budget Crew with Oddisee, Kev Brown, Critically Acclaimed and Cy Young, Starr was quickly living up to his namesake and becoming a star in his own right. Working with producers like Khrysis, M-Phazes, Illmind and more, his Starr Status album received widespread praise and attention while instantly becoming a DJ favorite. With extraordinary mic skills, the emcee's talents are on heavy rotation with many producers. Releasing his second mixtape, Kragenoff, this summer, followed by his sophomore LP, Two Track Mind, in the fall, Starr is on the rise.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, and YU in 2010.

"The Notti Joint" Prod. By Dave Notti:

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